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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, indie rock quartet Glasvegas comprise cousins James Allan (singer and principal songwriter) and Rab Allan (guitar), bassist Paul Donoghue, and drummer Jonna Löfgren. Although they deftly fused a love of doo wop and classic, Spector-produced pop with a nod to some of the more intense and inventive guitar acts of the '80s, perhaps the band's defining ... Read more in Amazon's Glasvegas Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B00198HE4C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,122 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flowers And Football Tops
2. Geraldine
3. It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
4. Lonesome Swan
5. Go Square Go
6. Polmont On My Mind
7. Daddy's Gone
8. Stabbed
9. S.A.D. Light
10. Ice Cream Van

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GLASVEGAS Glasvegas (2008 UK 10-track CD album - Glasvegas are a 4 piece from the tough East End of Glasgow who fuse a wall of sound noise that is equal parts Jesus and Mary Chain Elvis and Phil Spector combined with a pop sensibility inspiredby sixties girl pop and Doo Wop. This their highly anticipated self-titled debut album includes the singles Geraldine Daddys Gone and Flowers And Football Tops)

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Glasvegas are a four-piece from Glasgow - the latest band to be championed by industry mogul Alan McGee, the man that "discovered" Oasis. Despite the inevitable hyperbole that has followed McGee’s proclamation of the band, Glasvegas more than deliver on their early promise with this eponymous debut album. The quartet already showcased their earthy wit and sonic ambitions on singles such as "Daddy’s Gone," a heartfelt tale of soured father-son relations delivered in an uncompromising Glaswegian accent and set to a shimmering wall of rock & roll. Glasvegas continues in more or less the same vein. Singer James Allen reels off stories of everyday city life over euphonious, pop-edged soundtracks that blend 50s surf rock, layered, Phil Spector-esque production values and the occasional splash of 60s doo wop. Tracks like the arching "Flowers and Football Tops", the confessional "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry" and the upbeat "Legs & Show" contrast with darker songs like "Stabbed" and "Go Square Go!". The band's down-to-earth worldview combined with their nostalgic sound and surging, sing-a-long choruses makes for a rich and enjoyable musical tapestry.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Newton on 12 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
For once you can believe the hype - the Glasvegas debut album is stunning. James Allan delivers his songs in a very Scottish voice indeed which will not be to everyone's taste but it lends real authenticity to his lyrics of contemporary Glasgow life: stabbings; absent fathers; social workers; paranoia and broken childhood dreams.

The music is guitar driven with strong percussion but it stands apart by way of its shimmering guitar backdrop, almost a `wall of sound' shining like a dirty jewel. The songs soar and are almost anthemic but are never dull due to the power and meaning behind the lyrics.

The singles `Geraldine', `Flowers & Football Tops' and the poignant `Daddy's Gone' are truly superb and rightly celebrated, but for me `It's My Own Cheating Heart..' is stunning with its pounding guitar line and lyrics delivered from the heart. `Glasvegas' shows amazing confidence for a debut album; `Stabbed' features a dreamlike lyric about imminent wounding spoken over Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The band are also not afraid to sing a snatch of `You are my Sunshine' at the end of `Flowers & Football Tops'; both of these tricks work superbly. The final track, `Ice Cream Van' begins almost ethereally but gradually builds to a crescendo of guitar noise and is a fitting finale. Even the foul-mouthed singalong of 'Go Square Go' makes sense when you listen to the lyrics.

`Glasvegas' is a great record and shows how effective music can be when it is delivered with passion, meaning and authenticity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By westden on 10 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Even on a few listens, this is a stunning debut album, and for once the hype of the music press seems justified.

The opening and closing tracks are sublime. Flowers and Fitba tops is a good an album opener as the Smiths "the Queen is Dead" or the Roses "I wanna be adored", whilst the outro to the final track has a very dark, anthemic feel to it, totally attuned with the underlying feel of the work.

In between, "Go Square Go" gives us the chant of 2008 winter tours in "Here we F***** go". There isn't a filler here, although unlike previous reviews, the spoken word track (Stabbed) doesn't work for me. Certainly nowhere near the Cribs "Be safe" in this field.

In terms of similar sounds, can't immediately seem the similarity to the Mary Chain. Yes they are Scottish, working class and have a standing drummer,but Glasvegas are not driven by the riotous feedback of the Reid brothers. In my mind they're more akin to the Bunnymen, or for the current generation there are similarities (in guitar work) to Interpol and Editors.

Really looking forward to seeing this band live on their current tour of small venues. There are traces in the album of guitar work simiar to My Bloody Valentine, and it will be interesting to see if they try to replicate this live. Not sure how an English audience will react to the Scottish accent - perhaps a reverse of a Scottish audience never really taking to Oasis' Manc tones. But good to catch them now - they will be massive next year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Splaine VINE VOICE on 30 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
I had been waiting for this CD to come out since l first hit them on you-tube. The songs are all of different themes, and the tempo does change, don't expect Daddy's Gone, and Geraldine, to be the set style.
But the styles suit them so much. You wouldn't think Glasvegas could do slow tunes after their 1st 2 singles.
I ask anyone who buys this CD to read the lyrics, some will have you in tears. I'm not sure what the average age member of the band is, but the lyrics are of a massive artist. Where else do you hear words like
"I'm sorry mam for all the things l said when l was 10", and l think yes!! l wish l could have said that to my mum now.
There is no way this band are going away they are here to stay, and l have got 1 more group to add to my favourites. really cant praise this album enough. Though being of large build and 51 playing the Cd as loud as it will go, l do get the funny looks, but l don't care,l want everyone to enjoy it....especially Daddy's Gone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Amazon have been posting this album as a recommendation
for me for weeks now, so finally I gave in and bought it.

By the clearly magical force by which such assumptions are made they
were entirely right, on this occasion, to have brought it to my attention.

It's good. Very, very good as it happens.

The retro-chic wall of sound is both evocative and affecting.

Mr Allan has a fine voice whose vernacular splendour is
darkly humorous and grittily convincing.

A great little band whacking it out like there's no tomorrow.

Somewhat late in the day and with little else to add that has not
already been written by my esteemed co-listeners I can do no
more than concur that this fine album should be an essential
inclusion in any sane and upstanding person's musical collection.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Zod on 29 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Hmmmm, I bought this album after waiting nigh on a year for it. It was the first time in years that i was actually EXCITED about buying a record!

First the bad news....If you loved the original DIY versions of the singles 'It's My Own Cheating Heart that Makes Me Cry' ( one of my favourite songs of the decade, the guitar refrain makes me melt, and recorded perfectly for me on original release)and 'Geraldine' you might be a little disappointed.

Radio friendly re-recorded versions of these songs placed virtually at the start of the album kicks it off badly for me. The usual major label inteference. On first listen I was devastated.

But....The good news, the original versions of the above songs wouldnt have fitted into this 10 track opus in their original guise anyway and this actually isn't a bad thing.

The recording of this album (buy it on vinyl if you can) is lush, vibrant and many tracks (well, the first 5 anyway) segue into a victorious cacophony of atmospherics and crunching guitars.

For me the real victory in this recording is the downbeat final 3 tracks (Stabbed, S.A.D. Light and Ice Cream) which on listening usually a)terrify me and b) nearly have me in tears. And that takes something. Whoever came up with the idea of using the lyrics to their originally recorded version of 'Stabbed' then underpinning it with Beethovens 'Moonlight' Sonata should be awarded a chufty badge in my opinion. It works really well.

After my initial disappointment, I absolutely LOVE this record now. It wasnt what i was expecting, growing up listening to J.A.M.C.
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